Travel, Adventure, & Sports from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.

With no prior rowing experience, Adam Rackley decided to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a 7-meter-long wooden boat with one other person. It took them 76 days. If that’s not enough to make you want to read their story, this book combines Rackley’s first-person narrative with the intense history of trans-Atlantic rowers, beginning with two Norwegian fisherman in 1896—and many more, some of whom didn’t make it. Adventure, obsession, and survival at its best.
Reviewed by: 
Julia
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Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143126669
Availability: Special Order
Published: Penguin Books - September 30th, 2014

I’ve always loved maps, but previously knew very little about the history of cartography, so I found this fascinating. While clearly delineating the technical advances of the great cartographers (Ptolemy, Mercator, Cassini, Google Earth, and others) Brotton discusses the political, economic, and/or religious objectives that, to greater or lesser degrees, distort all maps. This is a perfect book for map lovers, history buffs and fans of well-researched general nonfiction.
Reviewed by: 
Rico
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A History of the World in 12 Maps Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143126027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 28th, 2014

This lushly illustrated coffee-table book celebrates the best and most iconic trails in the United States, from the famous (the Pacific Crest and the Appalachian) to the lesser known (the Potomac Heritage and Natchez Trace). The author, who has herself logged more than 17,000 trail miles (!), covers hikes in 49 states and eight national parks, providing maps and descriptions for each. The photographs are awesome, underscoring the raw beauty and ecological diversity of North America.
Reviewed by: 
Rico
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America's Great Hiking Trails Cover Image
By Karen Berger, Bart Smith (Photographer), Bill McKibben (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780789327413
Availability: Backordered
Published: Rizzoli International Publications - September 23rd, 2014

Ever dream of getting out of town? Island in the middle of nowhere out of town? If so, you need this book. The new pocket edition of the Atlas of Remote Islands charts remote islands that have captured atlas-loving Schalansky’s heart. Though she’s never been to any of them, her essays on each island paint a vivid, soulful image of what are otherwise isolated dots on a map, making this a lovely little book.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will Cover Image
By Judith Schalansky, Christine Lo (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143126676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - November 12th, 2014

Outdoor adventure sports are big these days, and while I’m mostly an armchair adventurer, I love books about them. This book, filled with more than 250 color and black-and-white photographs, covers sports from rock climbing to deep-sea diving and everything in between, photographed in all manner of stunning locales. Paired with commentary from legends in their respective sports, these incredible photographs make this perfect for any adventurer, even the armchair kind.
Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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The Art of Adventure: Outdoor Sports from Sea to Summit Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9781608874040
Availability: Special Order
Published: Insight Editions - November 4th, 2014

San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, and this book gives so many reasons to fall in love all over again—and is also an intriguing and lovely introduction for any stranger to the foggy shore. Starting from a physical exploration, Gary Kamiya takes you on a temporal, environmental, and ideological tour of this small, wonderful place. As individual pieces or as a complex mosaic, no regrets for any time spent within these pages.
Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781620401262
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 14th, 2014

The second installment in Thomas Campbell’s Slide series captures surf and life in Morocco, where the Bonny Doon–based filmmaker and artist would retreat to paint and surf. Retaining the DIY aesthetic for which he is known, Campbell shoots surf spots off the beaten path and surfers doing creative things outside the mainstream. Sometimes lo-fi, often sublime, and full of emotion, Campbell captures surfers doing what they love to do, and it is intoxicating and inspiring.
Reviewed by: 
Centa
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Thomas Campbell: Seeing Fatima's Eyes: Surf, Life, Stuff, Morocco, North Africa Cover Image
By Thomas Campbell (Photographer), Scott Hulet (Foreword by), Thomas Campbell (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$39.95
ISBN: 9780985361136
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Um Yeah Arts - March 24th, 2015

“Like a canoe-building manual for dry land, Matt Berger’s elucidating treatise will elevate your skateboard shop skills from ‘ollie’ to ‘goofy-foot kick-flip’, with panache. Build yourself a stylish vehicle that requires no fuel beyond bacon, vanquishing the traffic and the claustrophobia of conventional conveyance.” —Nick Offerman, actor, comedian, woodworker, and author of Paddle Your Own Canoe

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The Handmade Skateboard: Design & Build a Custom Longboard, Cruiser, or Street Deck from Scratch Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781940611068
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Spring House Press - September 15th, 2014

 

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